Do Son Buffalo Fighting Festival

Do Son Buffalo Fights

Do Son Buffalo Fights

Do Son Buffalo Fights

Do Son Buffalo Fights

Do Son Buffalo Fights

Here are a few more images from this weekend’s Buffalo Fighting Festival in Do Son. I’m happy with some of the photographs, but I’m definitely missing pieces of the entire story, like the actual fights and the final act of killing the animals. Which is a shame. Because of the crowds, I ended up spending most of my time behind the stadium, near the makeshift stables, where different teams were keeping their animals.

The disconnect between care and carnage is one of the stranger things about the festival. I would see teams and owners staying with their buffaloes, washing them down and keeping them calm while they were backstage, only to lead them, to much applause and fanfare from the crowds, straight into the fighting ring. Not even the winners survive the day. In fact, their meat is the most sought after in the end.

14 thoughts on “Do Son Buffalo Fighting Festival”

  1. Yes, I will be involved with The Word launch in Hanoi in November, as a part-time photo editor for the team and a pretty face to show at all the big capital gatherings.

  2. These are great photos Aaron. I am in Vietnam right now and I was reading about these festivals and how villages saved up a lot of money to buy a buffalo to take part in these events. It seems amazing seeing as they have so very little money for themselves in the end. A great blog!

  3. wow! they say “IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO SEE A KILLED COW BEFORE EATING HAMBURGER”. that meat looks not very pleasant, i must admit.

  4. The photos are beautiful (except the one of the bloody meat, but I’m a vegetarian so that’s my opinion) I had never heard of this festival before now…Are the animals well taken care of prior to this day? Is this similar to bullfighting? So many questions now.

  5. Good work AAron,

    My parents who used to lived in North Vietnam never told me about buffalo meat, the buffalo was highly regarded as a farming companion, not as a livestock. Traditions are quite different over there.

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